Over the last three years, an extensive effort to prioritize career readiness has been undertaken by the career center’s leadership and advocates across the university, with success resulting in additional resources and inclusion in the strategic plan prioritization. As an adult learner institution with a commuter-based population facing the triple pandemic of the virus, social injustice—particularly resonant in the home of George Floyd tragedy—and the accompanying emotional and economic disruption, along with challenges stimulated by the mandated online modality, our institution has faced challenges that have disproportionately impacted our student population. With a significant 52% diverse, underrepresented, first-generation student population that includes the largest veteran student population in the state, our interdisciplinary work supports retention of our students through the Career Readiness Project, with specific attention to the equity lens. Join this panel to learn how presenters integrated the Career Readiness Project into the institutional strategic priority. The presenters will share case examples across different colleges and student populations within the university related to how career readiness was implemented to empower the student population.
Following this program, you will be able to:
- Identify effective strategies and steps recommended to gain senior leadership and faculty buy-in and institutional investment in the Career Readiness Project;
- Investigate best practices, design, implementation, and findings for career readiness interventions among diverse student populations; and
- Discuss innovative strategies for engaging and building relationships with employers while supporting student careers.